3 participants have been selected for the The Residency for International Creators with Exploratory Projects 2018

The Residency for International Creators with Exploratory Projects is part of the “Project to Support Emerging Media Arts Creators” organized by the Agency for Cultural Affairs, Government of Japan (Bunka-cho in Japanese). Emerging artists in Media Arts (Media Geijutsu in Japanese) around the world are invited to come and stay in Tokyo to create new works/projects. Whether the works are media art, videos, games, animations, or manga, the artists will be able to experience Japanese Media Arts culture, with additional opportunities to meet with Japanese creators to discuss their works. The aim of this program is not only to support the realization of works and research projects but also to stimulate cross-cultural dialogues through Media Arts.
During the application period from August 7th to September 10th, 2018, we have received 81 applications from 34 countries around the world. Creators selected by the members of the Selection Committee will stay in Tokyo from mid-January until mid-March 2019. During this period, besides working on their own research or production, they will also participate in a variety of programs that facilitate their training and exchange.


Invited Creators



(Animation / Russia)
Artist in residence period: January 18 to March 18, 2019
Born in Russia. In 2016 Melikhova graduated from Ural State Academy of Architecture and Arts. During her study, she worked on various projects such as “Among the black waves”(20th Japan Media Arts Festival Animation Division Excellence Award / 2016 / directed by Anna Budanova), “Kupava”(2015 / directed by Oksana Cherkasova) and etc. In 2017, she made the first professional film called “The First Thunder (21st Japan Media Arts Festival Animation Division New Face Award).”   https://vimeo.com/melixanim
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©︎Anastasia Melikhova

“Beginning of the Light” Short animation, duration – 5min. This story about creation of the Sun and the Moon. The ancient world is at dusk.There is no light and no shadow except the Tiger stripes. Gods try to change this horrible existence. They put pieces of light into world but the Tiger destroy it immediately. It could continue forever but gods find twins – brother and sister. Technique is 2d animation on computer. 


(Manga / Germany)
Artist in residence period: January 18 to March 18, 2019
Born in 1981 in Germany. Eva Müller lived in many places and has her base in Hamburg now. She studied social work in Koblenz and finished with a Diploma in 2003. After working several years as a social worker, she studied illustration at the HAW Hamburg and finished with a bachelor degree in 2017. Now she is a freelance artist. Her debut full length Graphic Novel “In the future we are dead” was published in Germany and the US. The book won the Charly Eiselt Award for best newcomer and was selected at the 21st Japan Media Arts Festival Manga Division Jury Selection.   http://www.evamueller.org/
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©︎Eva Müller

“Working Girl” Comic book themed on labor. It deals cultural, historical and philosophical aspects of the labor movement in Germany. It will tell the personal story of family labor history of the artist over 3 generations. Throughout the book, autobiographical stories and historical and educational topics and facts will be interwoven, with references on pop culture and art history.


(Media Art / Nederland)
Artist in residence period: January 25 to March 18, 2019
Born in 1983 in the Netherlands. Rosa Menkman is an artist, curator and researcher whose work focuses on noise artifacts that result from accidents in both analogue and digital media (such as glitch, encoding and feedback artifacts). These artifacts can facilitate an important insight into the otherwise obscure alchemy of standardization via resolutions. In her research, Menkman intends to uncover the interests of anti-utopic, lost and unseen or simply "too good to be implemented" resolutions.   https://beyondresolution.info/
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©︎Rosa Menkman

1. Video: Behind the White Shadows of Image Processing This video aims to give a voice (following an imagined script) to objectified and caucasian females who served as color test cards, 
telling their histories - which features stories of co-optation and
 copyright infringement, while focusing on the fact of a still existing, inherent racial bias in image processing technologies. 2. A Paper and Video Essay: Lexicon for the render ghosts’ affect. This (video) essay intends to offer an in depth insight into the development and mutation of video (glitch) artifacts as meaningful effects.